Wine is available bottled in various sizes; the wine you would typically purchase off the shelf from a wine merchant in a supermarket is a 750ml ‘standard’ size wine bottle, but other different sizes are available.
The size of wine bottles ranges from 187.5ml, referred to as ‘Split’ and is typically a one glass serving, all the way up to 15L. A 15L bottle is referred to as a ‘Nebuchadnezzar’ and is equal to twenty (yes 20!) bottles, roughly 100 glasses of wine!
Magnum sized bottles are available for specific wines and champagnes; for example, a Moet and Chandon Nebuchadnezzar is available to purchase for an eye-watering £1,200 per bottle!
What are the different bottle sizes?
Wine Bottle Sizes Chart
|Capacity||Name||Description||Amount of glasses|
|187.5ml||Split||Usually for single glasses of Champagne (referred to as Piccolo in Italian)||1|
|375ml||Half||Holds half a standard size bottle (referred to as ‘Demi’ in France)||2|
|750ml||Standard||Universal bottle size for most wines around the World||5|
|1.5L||Magnum||Double the standard bottle||10|
|3.0L||Double Magnum||Two Magnums or four standard bottles||20|
|4.5L||Jeroboam||Six standard bottles||30|
|6.0L||Imperial||Eight standard bottles or two Double Magnums||40|
|9.0L||Salmanazar||Twelve standard bottles||60|
|12.0L||Balthazar||Sixteen standard bottles or two Imperials||80|
|15.0L||Nebuchadnezzar||Twenty standard bottles||100|
About the Wine Bottle sizes names
Traditional different sized wine bottles have been named after Biblical kings and historical figures, as shown below:
|Jeroboam||First King of The Kingdom|
|Balthazar||One of The Wise Men|
|Nebuchadnezzar||King of Babylon|
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